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Japanese Foreign Ship Orders Up

Japanese shipyards in May received foreign ship orders for 16 vessels, or 669,000 grt, up 371.8 percent from May 1998, the Japan Ship Exporters' Association said. The level, however, was down 43.9 percent from May 1997, it said. Orders in May consisted of nine bulk carriers and seven oil tankers. In April, foreign ship orders fell 40.1 percent year-on-year.

Japanese Foreign Ship Orders Plummet Nearly 25%

Japanese shipyards in June received foreign ship orders for 20 vessels, or 667,500 grt, down 24.4 percent from a year earlier, the Japan Ship Exporters' Association said. All of June's orders were bulk carriers. The most recent figure represented an increase of 17.8 percent compared to June 1997, it said. Last month, May orders marked a year-on-year increase of 371.8 percent.

Japan Shipbuilding Orders Drop

Japanese export ship orders fell 8.5 percent in June from a year earlier, reveal figures by the Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA). Japanese export ship orders fell 8.5 percent in June from a year earlier to 499,370 gross tons, according to figures released by the Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA). The 8.5 percent decline in June was the third straight monthly drop year on year and was significantly slower than the 43.5 percent drop in April and 44

Korean Ship Orders Up 322%

Korean Ship Orders Up 322% New orders received by South Korean shipbuilders in February totaled 1.26 million gt, up 322.7 percent from the same month a year earlier, provisional figures from the Korea Shipbuilders' Association showed. Orders received in January-February period totaled 2.32 million gt for 37 ships, up 232.1 percent from the same period a year ago. Korea received orders for 21 new ships in February. Ten ships, totaling 718,000 gt, were completed during the month

Daewoo Wins $483M In Ship Orders

Daewoo Heavy Industries won $483 million in ship orders last week from companies in the U.S. and Greece. It will build four ultra large crude oil carriers for Majestic Shipping Co. of the U.S., and three very large crude oil carriers for Aeolos Management S.A. and Atlantic Bulk Carrier Ltd of Greece, a company statement said. Majestic ordered two 450,000-ton ultra crude oil carriers and took options on two more. Atlantic Bulk ordered two 75

South Korea is Number One

According to a report from the Kyodo news service, the combined tonnage for ship orders received by South Korean shipbuilders was higher than that of Japanese shipbuilders in 2002. The Shipbuilders' Association of Japan reported that Japanese shipbuilders received orders worth a combined 5.9 million tons in the year, down 25.9% from 2001. South Korean shipbuilders reportedly received orders for a combined 7.59 million tons, up 18


Japanese shipyards received foreign orders for 21 vessels totaling 581,100 GRT in July, down 39.6 percent from a year before, the Japan Ship Exporters' Association said. In all, 19 orders were for bulk carriers and two for freighters.

Genting Hong Kong Acquires Nordic Yards

Photo: Nordic Yards Wismar GmbH

 Cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd is buying three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund respectively owned by German shipbuilding company Nordic Yards for $358 million to further enable its presence in the sector.     The purchase from Nordic Yard is expected to be funded by internal resources of the group, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.     The purchase of the three shipyards, along with Lloyd Werft last year

CSIS Shipbuilding Up 47 Percent in 2005

The China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC), built 3.17 million tons of new ships in 2005, up 47 percent. In 2005, the CSIC received 3.73 million tons of new orders and 2.85 million tons of new ships are under construction. The profit it earned topped $123.9 million, up 85 percent year-on-year. China's shipbuilding companies built 12 million tons of new ships in 2005, accounting for 18 percent of the world market, ranking third after the Republic of Korea and Japan

Samsung Wins $400M In Contracts

South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries won $400 million in ship orders from companies in Greece and Germany. Samsung received an order to build four 300,000 dwt VLCC from Greece's Helespont Shipping for $280 million. It also received an order from Germany's Nordcapital Corp to build two 5,750 teu containerships worth $120 million. Samsung said it will deliver the ships to the two companies by the end of 2001. Samsung said its shipbuilding orders have reached $2

Finnish Shipyard wins Ship Deal from Royal Caribbean

Courtesy Meyer Turku

Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Meyer Turku shipyard signed a memorandum of agreement for two next generation cruise ship orders to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. The around 200,000 gross ton large cruise ships under the project name “Icon” will

On the Majestic Maersk, mega-ship dreams obscure cloudy future

File Image (Maersk)

For Captain Dick S. Danielsen, the childhood dream has been to sail the world's biggest ships. The Danish seaman got his chance three years ago when he was asked to helm the Majestic Maersk, a mammoth, baby blue-painted vessel that at 400 meters (1

Cruising To New Horizons

Graph: Clarksons Research

 During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity. The cruise industry is continuing to expand its horizons, and has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, says Clarksons Research.  

Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Graph: Clarkson Research

 In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson.   Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights

Japanese Shipbuilding Sliced

Graph: Alibra Shipping Ltd. Research

 New ship orders placed at Japanese yards fell by 80% during H1 2016 compared to H1 2015, according to data from the Japan Ship Exporters' Association (JSEA).    According to ALIBRA Weekly Market Report , this is the worst decline since the autumn of 2008 in terms of gross tonnage

Iran Strikes $2.4bn Ship Order with Korea

Image: Itexpo Team

 Iran has placed orders worth around $2.4 billion with South Korean shipyards for the construction of ships to carry Iran’s oil and petrochemical products, The Wall Street Journal says.    The orders have been placed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and

Run aground, S. Korea's Shipbuilders Awaits Miracles

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 The 'Big Three'—Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries—hold $42.1 billion in loans between them. The firms closed out 2015 with combined losses of more than $6 billion, their earnings reports revealed.  

South Korean Shipbuilders’ Off-Shore Debts

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 Beleaguered South Korean  shipbuilders's total liabilities as of the end of last year for their 34 overseas affiliated companies have reached 5.3584 trillion won (US$4.65 billion), up 28.7% compared to five years ago, reports BusinessKorea.  

Massive Layoff Ahead for Hyundai Heavy

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI)

 Another massive reduction in the Korean shipbuilding workforce may come as most shipyards are still struggling with falling orders and mounting losses, reports Yonhap quoting industry sources.   Hyundai Heavy Industries plans for large layoffs amid a prolonged recession in the global

Genting Completes Purchase of 3 shipyards


Genting Hong Kong, announced the completion of the acquisition of Nordic Yards’ three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, Germany for the consideration of 230.6 million Euros. The deal will give Genting Hong Kong the core expertise, manpower

Viking Sun Construction Underway

Photo: Fincantieri

A keel laying ceremony was held today for Viking Sun, the fourth of six cruise ships ordered by Viking Ocean Cruises to be built by Fincantieri at its Ancona shipyard.   The first building block of the ship, about 11 meters long, 28.8 meters wide and weighing about 280 tons

Mega Ships Menace for Shippers

Photo: Benjamin Franklin by CMA CGM

 The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) says that the use of mega ships and alliances remain the main problems within the shipping sector.   The popular belief is that larger ships and alliances are good for competition because of the benefits they give

Xervo Offers Boat-in-a-Box for Commercial Shipping

Lifeboat producer Xervo has now reimagined and redeveloped its Boat-In-A-Box concept to match the needs of the commercial shipping business, and has already landed its first commercial shipping order for delivery in Q2 2016. The new lifeboat combines Xervo’s well-known safety concept with a

Shipping Investors Not Very Optimistic

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The volatility of the shipping markets has always presented opportunities and pitfalls for investors - an analysis from Clarksons Research. Getting the timing right is key, and newbuilding decisions can prove especially difficult given the need to look further forwards into the future

Italian Shipbuilding: Cruising on the Crest of a Wave

 Monfalcone Shipyard. (Photo Courtesy FINCANTIERI)

Traditionally, Italy’s location and coastal development have continued to ensure the country a flow of income from its role as a strategic European hub in what has come to be known as the new “maritime century.” The country boasts of having the largest ferry fleet

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